Editorials from around Ohio
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Sandusky Register, July 17
The King, LeBron James, has left behind his kingdom in northeast Ohio once again.
James is taking his talents to Long Beach this time to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
This has a different feel to it when he made “The Decision” and took his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat.
Now, faced with the evil empire that is the Golden State Warriors, James is making a move to the west coast where he already owns two homes and has several business interests. And, oh by the way, NBA legend Magic Johnson attempting to resurrect the great Lakers franchise.
Will he ever win another title?
Perhaps not. But that doesn’t diminish the legacy he has created here in Ohio by bringing the Cavaliers to the top of the NBA.
As Cavaliers fans, we can do nothing but thank James for all he has done for northeast Ohio — both on and off the court — and wish him the best of luck.
As for the Cavs, the standard has been set and we expect owner Dan Gilbert will do everything he possibly can to get back to the NBA playoffs and beyond.
If nothing else, Cavaliers fans can look forward with anticipation the erection of a statue in James’ honor someday outside of Quicken Loans Arena.
The Marietta Times, July 23
Ohio State University’s energy and openness in investigating allegations of sexual misbehavior by a long-dead physician for some athletic teams has been commendable.
Turns out that may have been a sea change, compared to the attitude when the doctor was alive and working at OSU.
This week, four former OSU wrestlers filed a lawsuit against the university. They accuse officials there of ignoring multiple complaints about “rampant sexual misconduct” by Strauss.
According to a report published in the Columbus Dispatch, there is some evidence to back up the lawsuit’s allegations. It is a letter an OSU student wrote to a health center official during the 1990s, regarding Strauss.
If sexual misconduct was tolerated at OSU during the past, whether by Strauss or others, those responsible should be held to account. Civil lawsuits can accomplish a great deal in that regard, but it may be that crimes were committed.
Again, current OSU officials appear to be doing the right thing. But it has become clear criminal investigations by those with the ability to prosecute are needed, too.
The Blade, July 22
Youth interest in soccer in America is showing a decline in participation after the sport appeared to be gaining a toehold in this country.
It’s a disappointing development because of soccer’s global status and because the game is so accessible.
The decline comes at the same time in which the U.S. men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the just-finished World Cup. Countries with 1 percent of the U.S.’s population not only got into the World Cup but advanced to the quarter-finals. Croatia, which has a population about the size of Los Angeles, made it to the finals.
Soccer in America should put its collective head together and create developmental programs, the way football and baseball have done, to make sure there is recreational and competitive soccer widely available at all income levels.
If the U.S. Soccer Federation wants to grow the game in this country it should make the sport available where price is less of a factor. With America set to host the World Cup in 2026, now would be a good time for soccer to get in the game.
The Akron Beacon Journal, July 20
Administration officials tried to move quickly to repair the damage. So went the news accounts following the recent NATO summit in Brussels, the Pentagon portrayed as taking the lead in reassuring allies. The message? Despite the harsh and threatening words hurled by the president, the United States remains committed to the alliance and its obligations.
Forgive the NATO members if they are uncertain whether the White House or others actually speak for the administration.
Much is made about Article Five of the NATO treaty, the language pledging that when one member is attacked, all will respond. That is not a legal requirement, and it has been invoked just once, after the Sept. 11 attacks. What has been decisive has been the commitment of American presidents, Republicans and Democrats.
To their credit, both houses of Congress overwhelmingly reaffirmed this country’s commitment. That is the steep hill the president should face in making the case for a new direction. Why abandon what is winning?